Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has now sold 8.48 million copies on Nintendo Switch and 1.5 million copies on Wii U, with the 9.98 million combined total seeing Link’s open-air adventure become the best-selling game in the series.
That has seen it dethrone The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as the previous record holder, that, after releasing for Wii and GameCube in 2006, went on to sell 8.85 million copies worldwide.
That being said, the new accolade for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will depend on whether Nintendo chooses to take into account the remasters, with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D boosting their original game’s respective sales beyond this new milestone.
Nintendo will also be pleased with the fact that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the third best-selling first-party game for Nintendo Switch, ranking behind Super Mario Odyssey (10.41 million copies) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (9.22 million copies) but outpacing Splatoon 2 (6.02 million copies), 1-2-Switch (2.29 million copies), ARMS (1.85 million copies), Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (1.31 million copies), and Kirby Star Allies (1.26 million copies).
We had high praise for Link’s latest adventure, concluding in our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review: “How appropriate it is, then, that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be remembered as a legend in its own right and, perhaps, the greatest game that Nintendo has ever created. Never has a world impressed me so much.”